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Unformatted text preview: 1 CHM3400  Lecture 3 Jan 10 Maxwell distribution laws and molecular collisions (Chapter 2 p. 2531) If we want to determine the velocity distribution for a large number of particles, we need to rely on a statistical treatment. The MaxwellBoltzmann distribution (based on classical statistical mechanics) gives a representation of the velocity distribution for an ensemble of particles. T k E B kin 2 3 = 2 2 1 v m In the previous lecture, we saw that the temperature of a gas is related to the average kinetic energy of the particles (rootmeansquare velocity ): 2 MaxwellBoltzmann distribution x B x B dv T k mv T k m N dN = 2 exp 2 2 2 / 1 Fraction of particles moving at velocity v x + d v x along direction x = T k mc T k m c c f B B 2 exp 2 4 ) ( 2 2 / 3 2 Can rewrite this for the general velocity (directionless) c : Probability function (i.e., number/fraction of molecules) Velocity c Mass of particle Absolute temperature Velocity c 3 Understanding the MB function = T k mc T k m c c f B B 2 exp 2 4 ) ( 2 2 / 3 2 N 2 @ 300 K 200 400 600...
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